Step into spring at Beningbrough

A man and woman holding hands to a young girl balancing on a log

Birds, bugs and blossoms are springing into life. When you visit, see nature hard at work in the beautiful gardens and parkland and check out new art displays in the hall.

The beautiful gardens and parkland awakens

The gardens are so enticing at this time of year as buds turn to blossom, alliums tower amongst the borders and wildflowers take over from the bluebells. Enjoy all there is to offer from the tapestry of spring colours along the ha-ha walk to the beautifully scented blossoms opening on the trees.

Explore further afield in the 380 acres of parkland through woodland and along riverside paths. In early spring the eagerly anticipated bluebells carpet the pike ponds area. Pick up a map from admissions when you're visiting.

Special event days

Take a look at the what’s on page for upcoming events.

Annual plant sale - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May. Take a bit of Beningbrough home with many plants propagated from the gardens. Chat tot he team about your green fingered questions.

Conservation in action - Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 May. Step into into the potting shed with the conservation team as they care for the garden tools and other outdoor parts of the collection.

History and mystery of the clock tower -  every Thursday in May. Join the knowledgeable guides to find out more about this hidden away space, what lies inside and how it's been used over the centuries.

Short stories and untold tales

The house is now fully open after winter conservation. As you walk around the magnificent 300 year old hall, you can marvel at the impressive 18th century Kit-cat club portraits and the stories of the most recent aristocratic owner, Lady Chesterfield, and her exacting ways. Upstairs, get hands-on in the fun, interactive galleries - for all ages to experience.

The National Portrait Gallery have shared their Director’s Choice and the temporary display offers a unique collection of four, very different portraits, whose style and individualism reflect the diversity of the individuals and the times in which they lived.

A time for family

Shake off the dark wintery days and romp around the wilderness play area. Borrow a bike or scooter for the little ones to navigate their way around the garden or head inside to the interactive galleries.

Families enjoying the wilderness play area
Children playing on a large swing
Families enjoying the wilderness play area

Grab an explorer backpack

If you’re visiting with the family we have created a busy schedule of activities during the school breaks. From bug hunts to barefoot walking, we have your holiday entertainment covered. You can also pick up a special explorer backpack from the hall and head outdoors to tick off your 50 things play list.

Visit the what's on section for more details.

Plot to plate

The gardens at Beningbrough are able to supply home-grown produce from the walled garden to create delicious dishes for you to enjoy in the restaurant. After a day of wandering the gardens and parklands, soaking up the art or charging around the wilderness play area, sit down to a tasty meal or grab a children’s picnic box.

Freshly picked rhubarb from the walled garden
Rhubard stems and leaves in a wheelbarrow
Freshly picked rhubarb from the walled garden